What he will talk about?
YouTooCanRun, in its mission to promote running for good health has launched a programme called Sofa to 5K. In simple words, we take you from being someone who sits on the sofa all the time to somebody who can run a 5 Km distance.
We know that many of you can’t even walk or run 5km and it is going to be a big mental challenge. Probably you cannot even envision of doing it. It was the same for Mr. P. Venkatraman. About 10 years back his dream was to run a 3.5 Km. in Mumbai somewhere close to his house known as ‘Bandra – Kurla Complex road’ and he considered it a fantasy. In about 2 or 3 months of training instead of running 3.5K he ran the 7K in the Dream Run of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in February of 2004. But over the years, he trained regularly and since then he has been running the half marathons every month.
While P. Venkatraman was training, he also got curious about the various aspects of running. He slowly purchased, read and built a good library of books on the topic. This intellectual curiosity made him a better and safer runner.
After selling his business interests, his aim is to bring the best experts together to make you run for your health.
Mr P. Venkatraman Bio
P. Venkatraman is a Mumbai based Chartered Accountant who has successfully exited from two startups which were acquired by US/UK companies. At the time of divestment the larger startup was having a team size of 3000 spread over 10 locations all across the country with some of the most leading corporate names in India as its clients. Currently he sits on the Board of three companies with a strength exceeding 2500 team members.
He is a Judge and Mentor in the Eureka Business Plan competition of IIT-Bombay and also a Charter Member of TiE- Mumbai. He has been a full time Professor in Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune for MBA students. He is also an active Freemason and in the hobby of Ham Radio has held national level positions in the past.
As a seasoned runner he has been running the SCMM Half Marathons over many years. He underwent a Open Heart Bypass surgery in 2007 but was back on his feet immediately and ran the SCMM Half Marathon of Jan 2008. In fact, with a view to maintain consistent physical fitness, in the last three years he has been running the Half Marathon distance of 21 kms every single calendar month. In 2012 he outdid himself and ran 15 Half Marathons. Having run more than 75 Half Marathons so far, the Half Marathon distance is now something that he can run by design.
Besides running, he also loves to read about running and has built a library of running books over the years. This has enabled him to assimilate vast amount of knowledge on running which he delights in contributing on various running forums.
He regularly logs all his runs using his Garmin Heart Rate Monitor and these can be viewed at http://connect.garmin.com/activities?cid=2064843
He has been the pacer for the 3 hour bus for many running events across the country and he delights in giving first timers the thrill of finishing well.
In his new Social Mission YouTooCanRun he promotes “Running for Good Health”. The objective of the mission is to encourage everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle in general and by running in particular.
In Your Office Program
Sofa to 5K is a motivational talk designed to take the average person from the comfort of his Sofa and make him run his first 5 kms. Woven around the inspiring life story of P. Venkatraman it draws from other equally inspiring Indian runners to motivate and educate what it takes for anyone to run the distance. Filled with enough technical depth to answer initial queries, it strikes a healthy balance of injecting enthusiasm and sharing knowledge.
Time: Ideally 90 minutes with Q & A. Can be shortened to 60 minutes.
At Your Next Offsite Program
A perpetuating gift of lifetime benefits.
At your next Offsite give your employees the perpetuating gift of life time benefits. Instead of the usual tired song and dance routines, shake them a bit. About 2 kms or even more.
We mean take them out for a walk / run.
Here is the plan.
After a hard day deliberating the team goals and plans, we start with a very inspiring talk delivered by Mr P. Venkatraman, Chief Running Evangelist of YouTooCanRun . A Motivational speaker of wide acclaim, his personal story of now running Half Marathons every month after a Cardiac open heart surgery is very moving. It is designed to move them from their Sofas and take up walking / running and reclaim their good health.
It is also designed to show them that if they want, they can acheive breakthrough sucesses. Think out of the box. And go for what they thought was never possible. In every aspect of their lives.
2-5 kms Walk / Run:
Recognising that a motivating talk soon looses its inspirational power we ‘ walk the talk ‘. We take the team members out for a 2 to 5 kms walk / run. Thus delivering the instant gratification of the sense of acheivement, that all of us so enjoy.
A tentative plan would be:
4 -5:30 pm – Motivational talk with Q&A
5:30-6 pm – Break and time for team members to change into running/walking gear
6-7:30 pm – Warm up stretches, Walk /Run, Cool down stretches
Possible mingling, Q&A over dinner
Flexible for timings, equipments, location etc.
- A motivational talk that uses the classic tactics of story telling. Meant to engage the audience
- Draws upon the rich corporate experience of P. Venkatraman to weave in the tapestry of the work environment
- Power Point with rich graphics and audio visuals meant to keep the team members enthralled.
- Punctuated with humour.
- The walk/run session will reinforce the recent learning’s in practical reality.
- The warm up, walk/run, break out into a sweat and the cool down will leave everyone pleasantly tired yet refreshed.
- Possible mingling over dinner will provide most team members opportunity to seek individual counsel.
- Conversations will veer around achieving breakthroughs in work life using running as a metaphor.
- The talk will leave everyone with a ‘Sofa to 5K’ action plan that will deliver actionable results in 8 weeks.
P. Venkatraman our chartered member came and spoke at the business breakfast meeting of TIE Mumbai. I was one of the member in the audience and felt very motivated and inspired by his talk. I subsequently decided to take up running and make fitness my goal. Since then I have been able to lose more than 20kgs from the spark he lit for me that day.
– Trushal Jethwa
CEO & Founder at Anokha Technologies Pvt. Ltd
We invited Mr. Venkatraman in our office to give a talk to our team members. It was a standing room and his speech was heard with rapt attention. Afterwards he shared a simple 8 week running plan. Many from the audience took it seriously and have recovered their formal health.
– S. Ganesh Iyer
H & R Steel Detailing Pvt. Ltd
We invited Mr. Venkatraman to address our team member as precursor to our inhouse run organised by us. Immediately after his speech, the number of team runners who showed interest increased multifold. Many of them now run regularly.
– Sachin Uppal
Managing Director at Rummy Circle
15th May 2014 – Venkat was invited by Dream Runners Half Marathon, Chennai. for a Press Conference as a key note speaker to address the audience.
19th March 2014 – Delivered the Sofa to 5K talk at Rummy Circle, Malad, Mumbai. to about 50-60 people. This organisation had arranged an inhouse marathon for it’s employees and in order to motivate them, Venkat was invited to speak and help motivate the young crowd.
16th February 2014 – Arranged and managed the Pacing Team for the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon.
9th Februaruy 2014 – Acted as a Pacer in the Auroville Marathon, Tamil Nadu.
19th January 2014 – Acted as a Pacer in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.
18th January 2014 – Inaugurated and Organised ‘The India Running Summit’, Mumbai. A one of it’s kind event having various high profile runners to help about 120 runners who were to participate in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.
8th December 2013 – Acted as a Pacer in the Goa River Marathon.
17th August 2013 – Goa River Marathon organisers arranged for a training workshop for their runners. Venkat was invited to deliver his talk on the Sofa to 5K. Many running enthusiasts were even more motivated. Venkat has also lead the Pacing Team for the 2012 and 2013 edition of the Goa River Marathon
10th December 2012 – Delivered a talk on Sofa to 5K to the employees of LSI Corporation, Bangalore.
9th December 2012 – Acted as a Pacer in the Goa River Marathon.